Into the Wild

What was the motivation for abandoning the Datsun?

Chapter 4 detrital wash

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There was too much red tape involved to retrieve and try to save the Datsun, not to mention, McCandless' parents would be notified.

With the battery dead there was no way to get the Datsun running. If he hoped to get the car back to a paved road, McCandless had no choice but to walk out and notify the authorities of his predicament. If he went to the rangers, however, they would have some irksome questions for him: Why had he ignored posted regulations and driven down the wash in the first place? Was he aware that the vehicle’s registration had expired two years before and had not been renewed? Did he know that his drivers license had also expired, and the vehicle was uninsured as well?

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